Connecting police to community

Senior Sergeant Simon Underwood at Canning Vale station with Senior Constable Corine Moule.
Senior Sergeant Simon Underwood at Canning Vale station with Senior Constable Corine Moule.

The trial launched last week in the south-east metropolitan police district separates officers into four categories: control centre, investigative, response and local teams targeting individual problem areas.

Senior Sergeant Simon Underwood has taken over at Canning Vale for the six-month trial in WA’s busiest police district, and said he was familiar with the eastern suburbs.

‘I’m a Hills man from way back,’ he said.

He is also familiar with environments in which new suburbs border older Hills communities, having transferred from postings at Midland and Forrestfield.

Sgt Underwood said these followed 17 years in spent at country stations including Leonora, Dunsborough, Busselton and Kalgoorlie before a return to Perth.

He assured people in the Canning Vale sub-district, which has had its boundaries altered for the length of the trial, that his priority was to use the four local police teams now under his command to improve links with the public.

‘Canning Vale is a very busy and diverse community with many different cultures, all with their own issues,’ he said.

‘It keeps us on our toes round the clock, so I’m enjoying that.

‘My four team supervisors have all been at Canning Vale for a long time, so they’re conversant with the issues and we’ve hit the ground running.’

– The station’s new Twitter handle is @CanningValePol

– To contact the supervisor of the local team covering your suburb about any continuing local issues, enter your suburb into the Find Your Local Police drop-down box at www.police.wa.gov.au

– Keep using 000 for emergencies and 131 444 for attendance.